Reviewed By: Brent McLaughlin on 8/31/11
In 6 days, we road over half of this route from Nauvoo, IL to St. Louis, Missouri and stayed in Bed and Breakfasts along the way. The route truly has it all. The terrain is quite varied from flat riverfront roads along the Mississippi River, to gently rolling Missouri farm land to steep up and down "mountain" like roads along the river bluff to a section of the Katy Trail. Some of the towns along the way were quite interesting (i.e. Nauvoo, Hannibal, St. Louis). There was a significant road closure this summer (2011) which we were informed by locals that it may become permanent due to a massive landslide. It is between Hannibal and Louisiana, Missouri. The detour was 7 miles on a gravel road. Everywhere along this route, we found people to be extremely friendly and helpful. It seemed like they didn't often see folks touring on bicycles.